So, you’ve just experienced your first Reiki healing session. Awesome! It’s so wonderful that you’ve chosen to prioritize your wellbeing. I’m so happy for you!
In truth, the session is just the beginning of the healing process. The session begins a very deep healing journey that takes days, weeks, months, or even years to fully integrate.
With that in mind, here are 7 empowering self-care tips you can implement after your session has concluded. By following these tips, you will get more benefit from your session.
Please note: I am not a medical doctor; I am not a licensed medical practitioner or psychologist. This article does not constitute professional medical or psychological advice. I am simply sharing my personal opinion, based upon my years of serving as a minister and Reiki master.
1. Drink lots of water
If you heed only one of these tips, I hope it’s this one. It’s the most important.
Simply put, a Reiki session is an energetic upgrade. The more upgraded your system is, the more water it will require to optimally function.
Now that you’ve had a Reiki session, your body will require more water. For the next few days, pay attention to how much water you’re drinking, and aim to double the amount of water you normally drink.
If you normally drink soda or caffeinated drinks, now would be a great time to begin to wean yourself away from these beverages, as they have major negative effects upon the body. There are so many other options. You can buy cold-pressed veggie juice. Sparkly (sugar-free) water is a great substitute for soda. Herbal tea is delicious and nourishing. If you love the taste of coffee (like me), you will love Teeccino.
After your Reiki session, it’s important to slow down.
If possible, schedule your Reiki session at a time where you’ll have the rest of the day off to relax or sleep. It’s important not to push yourself too hard after the session, because your body will probably want to rest. (This is true in 99% of the cases I’ve seen… although, I have seen, once in a great while, a client who leaves a session totally fired up, bursting with fire and energy and only needs two hours of sleep that night. As in all things, this advice is simply a guideline, not a strict rule.)
Also, I highly recommend that you switch off your phone for the rest of the day and disconnect from technology, as this will help your nervous system to decompress and relax. (Don’t worry—everyone is busy with their own lives … they’ll be just fine if you’re unreachable for a little while.)
The first few days after a Reiki session are crucial, as your immune system is being strengthened and your body is finding balance. So, be kind to yourself. Be slow. Be gentle. Get lots of rest.
3. Let your emotions flow
A Reiki session can often trigger deep emotional healing. This experience may feel pleasant or feel not-so-pleasant while it’s happening. Many of my clients have reported feeling unusually happy, giddy, spacey, anxious, fearful, angry, furious, sad, or depressed after a session. No matter whether the emotions are seemingly “positive” or “negative”, it’s important that you simply allow them to be exactly as they are, without judgment.
When you freely allow yourself to feel (without repressing the emotions and without judging any emotions as good or bad), then you allow healing at a very deep level. Most of us have been taught by society to stifle certain emotions. To repress and stifle emotions is very damaging in the long-run. Men have been especially wounded in this regard, as, in many cultures, they have been taught not to cry.
After your Reiki session, if you feel like you want to cry… then that is the very best thing that you can do! Please cry! If you feel like beating up a pillow with rage, then do so. Let it all out! If you feel like laughing—then please do! (Interestingly, I once worked with a woman who laughed hysterically during our whole Reiki session! When I asked her if she was okay, she said, “Wow, I haven’t laughed like this in years! I so need this!”)
The important thing to keep in mind is that if you have any intense mood swings after the session, this is your system’s natural way of finding balance.
If the mood swings seem dark or scary, please do not get angry or frustrated with yourself for having these feelings. In fact, the best thing you can do at this time is to give yourself a hug and say “I love you” to all the parts of you—including the shadowy, scary parts. Those parts are part of you, too. Just as a mother loves her child when he is being “naughty,” so too can we learn to love ourselves all the time, unconditionally.
4. Be patient and observant
Sometimes the results from a Reiki session are not immediately apparent. It may take a few weeks or even a few months before you can really perceive all that has shifted.
It’s important not to get lost in impatience, doubt, or self-criticism. Healing happens on its own schedule. The only steps we can take are to follow these aftercare tips, and be patient.
Remember to be as kind to yourself as possible. Don’t worry if the desired changes don’t immediately show up in your reality … they will, sooner or later.
5. Do your research and ask questions
After a session, you may suddenly find that you have a million questions about how Reiki works, particularly if you’ve had an intense session.
There’s nothing wrong with satisfying the mind’s natural desire for learning! There are plenty of amazing Reiki books, blogs, and videos out there. I particularly love teachings by Diane Stein, Frans Stiene, and Shalandra Abbey. You can also read all the Reiki posts here on this blog.
If you have any concerns or questions after your session, find out if your healer offers follow-up phone calls, texts, or supportive emails. Sometimes these will be included in the session cost, or sometimes you may have to pay a bit extra.
6. Embrace detoxification symptoms
When you receive an energy healing, your body shifts to a higher frequency. When this happens, a detoxification process is often triggered.
This detox process is sometimes also known as a “healing crisis.”
Basically, what this means is that your body is now shedding old toxins that are not resonant with the new higher frequency.
If a detox process happens to you, please, my friend, have no fear! This is actually a very positive sign to your overall healing journey.
When you are detoxing, you may experience a runny nose, sneezing, soreness, headaches, joint or muscular pain, fatigue, acne, rashes, extra mucus, or even fever and diarrhea. This is simply your body cleansing itself of the old toxins. All the old patterns and energy are simply coming to the surface to be released.
Be patient as the detox occurs. Get plenty of rest. Drink lots of water and also fresh raw vegetable juice. (If you don’t have your own juicer, you can buy cold-pressed juices at your local grocery store.) Drinking lots of healthy fluids will help flush the toxins from your body and speed up the cleansing process.
During this crucial detox time, it’s a good idea to eat organic whole grains and high-quality protein such as pine nuts, walnuts, and avocados. And you can support your immune system with high-quality vitamin C.
Symptoms can range from mild to severe. If the symptoms persist for more than a few days and are severe, make an appointment with your nearest holistic health care provider so they can recommend further strategies to help expedite your detox process and also double-check that yes, this is indeed a detox process (and not something else).
It’s important to note that if you try to numb your symptoms (such as using pain killers like Tylenol or over-the-counter cold medicine), then you will actually stall, negate, or totally reverse the healing process. It may be challenging to deal with the symptoms, yes, but your body knows what it is doing … and pain/discomfort is often a necessary part of the healing journey. Stick with it! Soon, you will feel better than you ever have before!
Typically, a detoxification process lasts no longer than 21 days.
If you are suffering from a chronic illness, you may want to invest in weekly Reiki sessions. When I began my healing journey about 7 years ago, I received a healing session at least once a week for a few months. This was necessary to jumpstart my process of detoxification, which for me was quite intense—including rashes, acne, fatigue, and nausea. After a few months, I made the commitment to become a Reiki practitioner myself, so that I could stop relying solely on other practitioners and give myself healing treatments every day.
7. Embrace the changes
My clients repeatedly report that they feel “different” after a Reiki session.
When you receive a healing, your intuition is heightened and your normal stress-response is calmed.
After your first Reiki session, you might have different needs and wants than normal. For example, you might realize that you need 12 hours of sleep the night after a Reiki session, or you might find that you suddenly are craving green beans with an intense passion!
Another example of a sudden shift is having a new repulsion against things you normally enjoy. One of the most common effects after a session is being unable to enjoy alcohol, meats, or processed foods.
Many of my clients report suddenly having an urge to spend more time in peaceful quiet spaces or out in nature. Or they suddenly have the intuition to learn yoga or do more exercise.
The important thing is to listen to yourself and give yourself permission to find out what feels good for you.
Enjoy the journey, my friend!